Developing an early warning network for everyone

MyShake is the citizen science project bringing users together to build a global earthquake early warning network. Our app keeps you informed about earthquakes and monitors for them using data from your phone’s sensors.

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300 thousand downloads

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MyShake has users in more than 80 countries

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More than 906 earthquakes recorded

Data flowing through the neural network into the phones

Our mission

Our goal is to build a worldwide earthquake early warning network so that communities can reduce the impact of earthquakes. Since MyShake uses smartphones as earthquake sensors, it can be used everywhere - even in countries without access to traditional seismic technology.

Machine learning meets seismology

MyShake collects motion data from your phone’s sensors and uses a patented neural network to determine whether that motion fits the model of an earthquake.

Learn more about the system in the research article and watch the video below to learn about neural networks.

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The algorithms and methodologies utilized by MyShake have been peer reviewed and published in the scientific literature. You can read more about the system in the following articles:

  • Rochford, K., J. Strauss, Q. Kong, R.M. Allen (2018). MyShake: Using human-centered design methods to promote engagement in a smartphone-based global seismic network. Front. Earth Sci., doi: 10.3389/feart.2018.00237
  • Kong, Q., A. Inbal, R.M. Allen, Q. Lv, A. Puder (2018). Machine Learning Aspects of the MyShake Global Smartphone Seismic Network. Seismo. Res. Lett. , doi: 10.1785/0220180309
  • Kong, Q., R. M. Allen, M.D. Kohler, T.H. Heaton and J. Bunn (2018), Structural health monitoring of buildings using smartphone sensors, Seismo. Res. Lett., 89, 594-602, doi: 10.1785/0220170111
  • Kong, Q., R. M. Allen, and L. Schreier (2017), MyShake: Building a global smartphone seismic network, Geostrata, 44-53, July/August 2017
  • Kong, Q,. R. M. Allen, L. Schreier, (2016), MyShake: Initial Observations from a Global Smartphone Seismic Network, Geophys. Res. Lett., 106, 9369-10, doi: 10.1002/2016GL070955
  • Kong, Q,. R. M. Allen, L. Schreier, Y.-W. Kwon (2016), MyShake: A smartphone seismic network for earthquake early warning and beyond, Sci. Adv., 2, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1501055

Our team

Richard Allen

Director, Berkeley Seismology Lab
Professor, Dept. Earth & Planetary Science

Stephen Allen

Applications Programmer

Qingkai Kong

Data Science Researcher

Robert Martin-Short

Graduate Student

Akie Meija

IT Applications Programmer

Sarina Patel

Graduate Student

Sharon Pothan

User Experience Designer

Jennifer Strauss

External Relations Officer

Stephen Thompson

IT Systems Manager

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